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Emory Chapel, c.1890

Emory Chapel, located on the northeast corner of West and Pomfret Streets, was built in 1858 as a Methodist church intended specifically for the College’s religious community. The building was designed by Thomas Balbirnie in Victorian Gothic...

Portrait of Robert Emory

Robert Emory was born in 1814 to Bishop John Emory and his wife. The elder Emory had served as president of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees from 1833 to 1835, and is the namesake of both Emory University in Georgia and Emory and Henry...

College Relationship: Faculty, President

Eta Sigma Phi is the national honor society for students of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. The society was founded in 1914 at the University of Chicago under the name Phi Sigma, and became a national society in 1924 under its current name...

Organization Type: Greek Life, Honor Societies

Born July 6, 1925, Frank Evans was from Brooklyn, New York, where he was an outstanding student at P.S. 93 Boys High School, and the Adelphi Academy. In September 1942 when he had just turned seventeen, Evans enrolled at Dickinson with the class...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1946

Frysinger Evans was born on February 1, 1871 at Sunbury, Pennsylvania to William and Alice Frysinger Evans. In 1888 he entered the Dickinson Grammar School, and eventually matriculated to the College. At Dickinson, Evans was a member of the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1892
Filler Hall, c.1960

Acquired by the College at a cost of $32,000, Filler Hall, the former residence of R. P. Masland, was purchased in March of 1959. Located along North College Street, the building was named in honor of former college president Mervin Grant Filler...

Portrait of Mervin Grant Filler

Mervin Grant Filler was born in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on October 9, 1873 to Peter and Elizabeth Filler. He attended grade school in Boiling Springs before entering the Dickinson Preparatory School. In 1889, he enrolled in Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, President
Year: Class of 1893
Fink Hall, c.1960

The College purchased a house at 333 West High Street for $7,000 on December 26, 1900. This house was first used as the residence for the Headmaster of Conway Hall following the completion of that building in 1905. In 1930, it was converted into...

Cornelius W. Fink, c.1935

Born on November 10, 1893 in Zanesville, Ohio, Cornelius Fink graduated from Muskingum College in 1914 and worked as a journalist from 1914 to 1919. He became an instructor in social science and Latin at the Dresden High School in Dresden, Ohio...

College Relationship: Faculty

Clement Alexander Finley was born on May 11, 1797 in Newville, Pennsylvania. His family moved very soon after to Chillicothe, Ohio when his father, a cavalry hero of the Revolutionary War, received a sizable plot of land for his war service....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1815
Amy Fisher, 1895

Amy Fisher was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 29, 1872, the child of Daniel and Eva Brightbill Fisher. She attended Carlisle High School and Dickinson Preparatory School before entering Dickinson College in 1891. Graduating Phi Beta...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1895

George Purnell Fisher was born in Milford, Delaware on October 13, 1817 to Thomas Fisher (twice high sheriff of Kent County) and his third wife Nancy Owens Fisher. He went to schools in the county, attended St. Mary's College in Baltimore,...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1838

William Righter Fisher was born on June 27, 1849 in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion County, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Hasting's Academy in Philadelphia and in 1867, he entered Dickinson College and he received his bachelor of arts degree three...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1870

Clinton Fisk was born on December 8, 1828 to Benjamin Bigford and Lydia Aldrich Fisk in Western New York, near the Erie Canal. His parents moved to Michigan Territory while their son was an infant. The death of Benjamin Fisk plunged the family...

College Relationship: Trustee

Robert Fleck was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in August 1924, but lived locally in Carlisle, where his father was an insurance agent. He graduated from Carlisle High School in June 1942 and entered Dickinson. He spent only one year at the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1946

From Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Russell Flegal entered the College in 1915 as a member of the class of 1918, pursuing a bachelor of philosophy degree. A popular student and enthusiastic musician, he was a member of the Union Philosophical Society...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1918

John Floyd was born on April 24, 1783 at Floyd Station, Kentucky, twelve days after hostile Indians killed his father. The youngest of three children, he was educated at home and in a nearby schoolhouse before entering Dickinson at age thirteen....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1798

Calvert Foote was born on April 22, 1922 in Chester, South Dakota; his father was a minister who later served as the Methodist superintendent of the Scranton area in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania. Calvert attended the Wyoming Seminary and enrolled in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1944
Charles Oscar Ford, 1898

C. Oscar Ford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 3, 1873, the son of John and Mary Eliza Ford. He entered the Dickinson Preparatory School and then the freshman class at the College, the class of 1898, in September, 1894. He was an...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1898

Benjamin Forgach was born in May 1921 in Yeagertown, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school there in 1938. That fall he entered Dickinson College with the class of 1942 but withdrew after one semester. He re-entered the following year but...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1942

Mary Sharp Foucht was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1896 to her father, Alexander A. Sharp, an 1883 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and her mother, M. Jennie Beyard. She left Philadelphia for schooling at the...

College Relationship: Trustee

Nehemiah Fountain was born in Denton, in Caroline County, Maryland in December 1834, one of the five children and the only son of Nehemiah and Lydia Fountain. His father was a shoemaker and a prominent citizen of the small town. The son was...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1854

Four Church Avenue was the name given a row of brick cottages situated behind the President's House, to the east of South College on the Church Avenue alley. Under the control of absentee landlords, the rents for these cottages were low and...

John Fox was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and probably commuted from his home there while taking the Latin-Scientific course in the class of 1918. He left at the end of his junior year and by late 1917 he had graduated from the Officer Training...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1918
Aerial view of the Quads, 1989

The College authorized the construction of ten campus fraternity residences on December 10, 1960. The “Quads,” as they are known, replaced the individual houses in which the college fraternities had resided up to this time, and were first...

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